BOGOTA ( Associated Press) — Uruguay beat Venezuela 3-0 on Tuesday to record its second straight win and take an important step toward the final hexagonal of the U20 South American Championship in Colombia.
At the Deportivo Cali stadium, the “Celeste”, which had defeated Chile by the same result in their debut, once again put on an exhibition of attacking play, which began to prove evident after 24 minutes. A long kick from goalkeeper Lucas Rodríguez enabled striker Luciano Rodríguez, who took advantage of a clash between Venezuelan central defenders Rafael Uzcátegui and René Rivas, to open the scoring without opposition.
Uruguay extended the lead on 42, with a quick move from Renzo Sánchez who, after an overflow on the right flank, set up Fabricio Díaz with a pass past the midfielder, who joined the attack to score.
Venezuela, which lost to Bolivia in its opening round, appealed for rough play to try to balance the process and finished the first half with 11 offenses and two warnings.
At the beginning of the second half, “Vinotinto” suffered another severe blow when striker Kevin Kelsey saw a red card and became the first player to be eliminated from the tournament after 11 games.
With the numerical advantage, Uruguay controlled the duel and ensured victory on 65 minutes with a brace from Luciano Rodríguez, who scored his third goal of the championship with a low and close shot from the edge of the area.
Rodríguez, having transferred to Liverpool from Progresso in his country in December, was in his first appearance for the “Chararus” as a right winger, while this time he stood out as a center forward with his pace and power.
Uruguay reached six points and finished first in Group B of the South American U20, while Venezuela were at the bottom of the table with two losses and no goals.